After scoring just three points in their previous two games, the Winters Mill Falcons entered last night's Carroll County season finale against No. 13 Francis Scott Key badly in need of a boost on offense.
The run-oriented team found it in a most surprising place.
Senior quarterback Travis Love, who had thrown for just 600 yards all season, completed 16 of 21 passes for a career-high 335 yards and three touchdowns, helping the host Falcons hang onto their slim post-season hopes with a 44-12 drubbing of the Eagles.
Kevin Jones also ran for 106 yards and Garrett Hill 86 for Winters Mill (6-4), which took advantage of five turnovers to score its highest point total of the season.
"When it rains it kind of pours," Falcons coach Ken Johnson said. "It almost seemed like the dikes just opened or something. I just wish it would have happened in Week 2.
"Tonight, Travis threw the ball extremely well, but the other end of that is receivers really making plays."
Two receivers who made plenty were Andy Bowerson, who reeled in 130 yards through the air, including touchdown passes of 37 and 70 yards, and Jake Stocksdale (five catches for 93 yards and a touchdown). Winters Mill, which hadn't gotten into the end zone in three weeks, broke that spell on their very first possession, after recovering a fumbled handoff at Key's 41.
Six plays later, Hill burst through a hole in the middle, broke outside and dashed 28 yards to the 2. He then scored on a dive up the middle to give the Falcons a 6-0 lead.
Winters Mill extended its lead with a prolonged possession, driving 86 yards on 17 plays, capped by Hill's 1-yard dive to make it 12-0 with 9:29 left in the half.
After the Eagles cut the lead in half on Brad Martz's 4-yard run, Winters Mill pulled away with a 1-yard scoring run by Kevin Jones and a 37-yard touchdown pass from Love to Andy Bowersox.
Love completed 12 of 15 for 209 yards in the first half alone.
No. 7 Edmondson 43, Lake Clifton 6 -- Carroll Washington rushed for a touchdown and a pair of two-point conversions as the Red Storm (9-1) won its seventh straight Baltimore City League Division I game by routing the visiting Lakers (3-7). Terrance Wilson, Jamal Fields and Ryun Chandler also rushed for scores, and Ben Akalefu and Alge Berry scored touchdowns on an interception return and a fumble recovery in the end zone, respectively.